Sodbuster - Fargo Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fargo Brewing Company visit their website
North Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DeschutesNut on 12-30-2013

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, toasty, and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Roasted malt with some good hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, nuts, caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of cream and brown sugar. Also some hints of earthy and spicy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely roasty and toasty dark malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Roasted malt with some good toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, nuts, caramel, toffee, yeast, and subtle smoke. Solid notes of cream and some brown sugar sweetness. Background notes of earthy and floral hops. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nicely creamy, slick, and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Porter. Nice roasty and toasty malt notes with a good creaminess.

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally black for a porter, darker than many stouts. Earthy, milky nose. Sweet with a slightly bitter finish, with about the mouthfeel I expect from a porter. I've been very impressed with FBC so far, seek'em out!

Photo of zeledonia
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 28 October 2014. 12 oz. can.

Pours dark chocolate brown, black and opaque at the center. One finger of medium tan head, decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is medium roasty, with a touch of chocolate sweetness. Smooth.

Taste is pretty good, if a bit on the simple side. Plenty of dark roast, but a slightly off chemical taste (diacetyl?).

Feel is good. Medium body, medium-low carbonation, maybe a touch on the low side. A bit slick. Lasting.

A solid mid-tier porter. Not amazing, but tasty enough that I'm happy drinking it.

Photo of BeerDazed
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass - weird - at The Toasted a Frog. Dark porter. On the verge of stout territory. Brownish head. Smelled of chocolate and coffee. Taste was roasted coffee chocolate and some smokiness to it as well. Medium full body and could have easily had another one of these. Very impressed. This was my first Fargo brew.

Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep brown/black with a nice cocoa colored head which retains nicely. The aroma brings out hints of smokiness, bitter roasted malt, mellow chocolate, and a touch of grape soda character. The taste is somewhat tart up front with notes of tart cherries. Hard to tell if this is infected or just heavy on the acid content. The tartness gives way to some deep roast and smokey notes. Aside from the odd start, the beer finishes nicely. Hell, if this were billed as a sour porter, I think it would do well. As it stands, this brew is far too acidic for a porter and based on the other reviews, I don't think it is intentional.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrcraft for sending me this one.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, char, and cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tangy cocoa powder, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid roast and cocoa characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an enjoyable porter.....big notes of java and milk chocolate...pretty smooth textured....body is medium...I'd buy this again.

Photo of Chaz
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Is it supposed to have an off-profile yeast character?

Tasted more like a milk stout... will have to give it another try, but yeah, not really even an average beer for the style.

Photo of maedhros09
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Updated Notes:
Look: Black/brown, on the darker side. Nice fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing and retains a film and bubbles throughout. Noticed a bunch of dark gunk at the bottom of the can - not sure if this was conditioning yeast or what...
Smell: Roasty
Taste: Malty, on the sweet side, Nice level of roastiness, a bit of a sour flavor - not sure if this was intentional but its a bit off putting.
Feel: medium body with nice level of carbonation

Overall: When I originally tried this several months ago I was more enthusiastic. The main detraction is a sour flavor that I didn't really like - I don't remember this from the earlier sample. The rest of the beer is quite good - it has a nice roasted character and is on the sweet side which works well for porters.

Previous Notes: Deep brown color with nicely developed head. Very rich and balanced with roasty sweet but not oversweet malt balanced with mild hops, a mild acidity, and an lingering floral character. A distinctive and very well-balanced Porter - definitely a surprise!

Sodbuster from Fargo Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.